A message from the Commissioner for Senior Victorians with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the Royal Commission into Family Violence in the spotlight
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an international day to raise awareness in the community of elder abuse, and how it affects older people.
Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, such as family and friends. It is a form of family violence and includes physical, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse, and neglect, and using someone’s money, property or other assets illegally or improperly. It can affect anyone, irrespective of background, gender, ethnicity or financial situation.
Elder abuse is a complex issue, and it can be very difficult for people experiencing abuse within their homes to break the silence and speak about their situation.
It is important to know that if you are concerned, or know of someone at risk or experiencing elder abuse, confidential help is available by calling Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821, or by talking to your trusted health professional.
For more information about elder abuse, visit the Elder Abuse page on Seniors Online or the Seniors Rights Victoria website at www.seniorsrights.org.au. To find out more about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and events, visit www.elderabuseawarenessday.org.au.